My pastel paintings are images of sunlit places I have visited. I have traveled to Italy, Bermuda, Florida, Maine, Eastern Canada, and the Southwest. Some of my work is painted plein aire, but most of the images are first composed with my camera. Later in my studio the photographs are used to create intimate glimpses of a place that caught my eye. Using pastels, sometimes combined with water media, I recreate the play of color and light within the landscape of my painting. Influenced by Impressionism, I enjoy creating a texture of color with the pastels. Layered form becomes an avenue for depth within my work. My subject matter includes landscape, architecture, gardens, and enlarged flowers. In addition, I’ve created a series of angel paintings, inspired by the Renaissance painting I studied in Italy.
In undergraduate school (University of Dayton), I received a BFA specializing in printmaking. After graduate school at Syracuse University (1972), I began what became a 34-year career of teaching art. In 1992 I decided to spend more time on my own art. I chose pastel media for practical and creative reasons. Pastel was easy to work with. I could leave the pastels out on the drawing table and simply pick up where I left off. The pastels were exciting because I enjoyed creating a texture of color with them. My first series were close ups of flowers or foliage. A fellow art guild member invited me to have a show in her gallery and my artist career began.